Five surprises on deck
On Sunday evening, on the deck of the Thornton River Grill, five young string musicians from the Castleton Festival Orchestra performed selections from Brahms, Mozart, Gershwin, and others for an audience of customers and restaurant staff. For all of us it was mildly shocking and extremely pleasing to hear beautiful music, beautifully played, in downtown Sperryville. I have the pleasure of hosting one of these musicians, Jeanette Stenson, for the duration of the Castleton Festival, and I have enjoyed watching her and her four colleagues from the orchestra (in their spare time) develop into a first-class quintet. My heartfelt thanks go to the Thompson family [Thornton River Grille’s owners] for their hospitality and enthusiastic support.
The “Castleton Five” comprises Mari Nihira and Lisa Park, violins; Clayton Leung and Kerry Kavalo, violas; Jeanette Stenson, cello. Karen Darby
CLASSICALLY OFF-THECUFF: A string quintet of Castleton Festival performers performs on the deck at Thornton River Grille Sunday in Sperryville.